Cross-Campus Students

Engineer your transition.

Cross-campus students are students who are currently in another School or College at UW-Madison. Students in another School or College at UW-Madison must first attend a College of Engineering information session to be eligible to attend CoE drop-in advising hours.


Frequently Asked Questions

The College of Engineering advisors offer several information sessions each semester. Students interested in transferring to the College of Engineering are encouraged to sign up for a session before they apply to ensure that they are eligible and meeting or exceeding admissions requirements.

At each session, students will review their What-if DARS for their engineering major of interest with a CoE advisor.

Sign up for an information session.


  • Students not currently in the College of Engineering may apply a maximum of two times to the College of Engineering.
  • Students who have earned more than 80 credits at the time of application are not eligible to apply for transfer admission to the College of Engineering.These 80 credits include:
    • All credits completed at the time of application, including UW-Madison credits and transferable credits from other colleges and universities.
    • These 80 credits do not include:
      • In-progress credits (at the time of application)
      • Retroactive foreign language credits
      • Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits
      • GCE Advanced Level (A-Level) credits
      • UW-Madison calculus credits awarded by examination
    • The credit limit does not apply to candidates at other institutions who are in transfer agreement programs with the College of Engineering. The credit limit does apply to individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree.
  • You must meet the General College Requirements for Cross-Campus Students to qualify to a degree-granting department. The application process for cross-campus students also includes additional requirements and considerations.



The GCR15 is a set of minimum requirements to be considered for admission to a degree-granting program in the College of Engineering. Admission also depends upon program capacity and because most programs reach capacity, admission is competitive. Fulfilling the General College Requirements does not guarantee admission to an engineering program.


Program Capacity: When the number of applicants who meet the General College Requirements exceeds the capacity of a particular program, admissions will be limited to the program’s capacity.

Full-time Semester: In their UW-Madison coursework, students must carry a minimum of one 12 credit hour semester.

UW-Madison Academic Record: The student’s overall academic record at UW-Madison is strongly considered.

Transfer Credits and Exam Credits: Credit will be given for appropriate transfer course work, Advanced Placement (AP), GCE Advanced Level (A-Level), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or other advanced standing credit.

Transfer Grades: For cross-campus students who transferred to UW-Madison from another campus, only UW-Madison grades, not any transfer course grades, are computed in GPA calculations.

After attending an Engineering Information/Advising session, students can come to drop-in hours in Room 170, 1410 Engineering Dr. on Fridays from 9:00 – 11:00AM.

Students may also seek advising through the Cross-College Advising Service.

The College of Engineering currently has two application periods – one for fall semester and one for spring semester. If you have satisfied all the requirements as outlined above, you can apply by submitting the Application to Transfer into a Degree-granting Engineering Program (requires UW-Madison NetID). Application dates and deadlines are posted on our progression page.